Saturday, May 30, 2015

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Under Fire From Veterans

The Allentown Morning Call has a good profile today of state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County who has irked numerous minority groups during his ten years in elected office. Now he's managed to anger veterans too. An excerpt:

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe Under Fire From Veterans

The Allentown Morning Call has a good profile today of state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County who has irked numerous minority groups during his ten years in elected office. Now he's managed to anger veterans too. An excerpt:

But the head of one national veterans' group says Metcalfe went a bridge too far last month when he referred to a cadre of veterans as ''traitors'' because they had signed onto a national effort to call attention to the issue of global climate change.

In tradition-minded western Pennsylvania, veterans and the military are as American as ''mom and apple pie,'' said Joseph DiSarro, a political science professor at Washington & Jefferson College who has tracked the career of Metcalfe, who served in the Army from 1980 to 1984 along the border between the former West and East Germany.

''Especially in the rural counties, this won't help him,'' DiSarro said of Metcalfe, who has emerged as one of the Legislature's most vocal fiscal and social conservatives and who has built a reputation for speaking his mind during debates on the House floor.

For the full story, click here.

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